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We took the gondola ride on a Sunday morning - it was bright and sunny - nice day to see the lake... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
arun n
Fresno, California
fun and .....

Gondola Servizio is a hidden gem in the bay area .... loved that it was comfortable, and slow, and... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Enid S
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We took the gondola ride on a Sunday morning - it was bright and sunny - nice day to see the lake and enjoy the beauty! We went because our son has read and heard about gondolas in Italy and we wanted to give him...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank arun n
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Gondola Servizio is a hidden gem in the bay area .... loved that it was comfortable, and slow, and sweet, and we made it romantic ...brought a blanket, food to share, and my partner.... beautiful during sunset and our Gondola guide had a beautiful voice...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Enid S
Reviewed May 3, 2018

This a favorite place to bring visitors—no one expects to find a beautiful, authentic Venetian experience on the shores of Lake Merritt! Whether it's a romantic sunset cruise for two, or—in our most recent experience—a delightful pre-lunch cruise for four old friends, this is a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rod W
Reviewed August 17, 2017

A planned, customized limo tour included a stop at Gondola Servizio. Making an online reservation was very simple. Our group began with (4) ladies and then increased by (2). Gave a phone call the day before (8/7/2017) and received a very helpful and calm voice...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

This past Saturday my husband and I enjoyed Scott taking us on a 30 minute Gondola ride on Lake Merritt. He sang Italian songs, told us a bit of the history of Oakland, and generally entertained us. It was the best!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank AnnetteSteele
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We had always wanted to take the gondola, and last summer we did it. It's more than I expected in terms of enjoyment! The gondolier was a good singer, and he entertained us and talked with us. The trip was exactly the right length, and...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank ducklein2016
Reviewed July 25, 2016

We took a half hour gondola ride on Lake Merritt and wished we had done the hour gondola ride! It's magical. Just gave an hour gondola ride as a gift to friends who are celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Mischelle M
Reviewed May 16, 2016

For some reason Oakland's Lake Merritt is home to gondoliers who stand in their skinny boats and paddle tourists and romantics around. Oakland isn't Venice, but the lake and the Oakland, etc. hills and skyline are lovely.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank John C
Reviewed January 13, 2016

Lake Merritt is a beautiful large urban lake plopped down in a city. It is surrounded by a necklace of lights. It is an important bird center for both migrating and local bird populations. We went out just before sunset so you could see lots...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank bigsteve666
Reviewed September 30, 2015

This was probably extra fun for us because when we were in Venice, it rained on our last night there and we couldn't do the Gondola thing there. But, at sunset, followed by a nice dinner at the Chalet, this was a really nice evening....More

Date of experience: October 2014
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